Williams usher in ex-Sauber tech chief Willy Rampf as marketing consultant


Williams have moved to bolster their technical division with System 1 expertise by recruiting former Sauber Technical Director Willy Rampf as a marketing consultant, F1.com has realized.

It comes after Williams introduced earlier this week that Francois-Xavier Demaison is becoming a member of as Technical Director from Volkswagen, filling a task that has been vacant since Paddy Lowe left in 2019.

It will get the band again collectively, with Demaison and Rampf having each labored with new Williams CEO Jost Capito throughout a lot of the final decade at Volkswagen.

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Rampf has greater than a decade of expertise in System 1, rising from engineer to Technical Director with Swiss workforce Sauber, and could be a good sounding board for Demaison, whose expertise in F1 is proscribed, having spent a while engaged on Peugeot’s F1 engine programme.

Talking within the press convention on Friday about Demaison’s appointment, Capito stated: “He comes from outdoors the F1 ecosystem, he has by no means been in System 1. It was all the time his goal to get into System 1. He is an excellent engineer and he labored for almost 10 years now with Willy Rampf, who has been a technical director in System 1 and so they labored very shut collectively.

“FX, he’s a relentless employee, he’s a workaholic,” he added. “And since he noticed the possibility he could possibly be technical director with Williams I’m fairly positive he’s used his free time to know the laws and totally perceive System 1. I do know he’s in shut contact with Willy Rampf as properly, so I feel he’s properly ready for when he arrives.”

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Rampf began his F1 profession with Sauber in 1993 as a race engineer, working with a bunch of drivers together with Heinz-Harald Frentzen till he returned to work for BMW in 1997.

He was enticed again to Sauber two years later, shifting into the position of Technical Director for the Swiss workforce the next season and holding that position till 2010, when he left and was changed by James Key.

Rampf subsequently moved to Volkswagen’s motorsport arm, working as their Technical Director and dealing on a bunch of tasks together with the design of the Polo R WRC.

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